Ron who has a bionic eye as featured on BBC##s ‘Inside Out.’ Ron, 73, is one of just three patients in the UK to be fitted with a bionic eye and after 30 years of being completely blind he can now see well enough to do the laundry.
The operation was carried out at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London seven months ago and Ron##s sight has steadily improved since then.
He lost his sight in his 40s after suffering from a disease called retinitis pigmentosa but now thanks to the operations he is regaining some of his independence.
Ron, who has asked for his surname not to be disclosed, can now follow road markings, see flashes of coloured light and make out shades of grey.
Speaking to the BBC Inside Out programme, to be aired on Wednesday at 7.30pm, Ron said: “They said let there be light and there was light. For 30 years I##ve seen absolutely nothing at all. Its all been black but now light is coming through.
“It gives me grades of bright light to black and anything in between. I can actually sort out white socks, grey socks and black socks.
“It is a great privilege and an honour I think to be able to take part in an experiment such as this, hoping that the outcome is going to be able to bring sight to people like myself who are completely blind.”
His wife Tracy said his increasing independence is a great help.
“He can do a lot more now than he could before, doing the washing, being able to tell white from a coloured item. I##ve taught him how to use the washing machine and away he goes. It##s just the ironing next.”
The bionic eye works through a tiny camera mounted on a pair of glasses which transmits a wireless signal into a receiver and panel of electrodes implanted in the back of the eye.
The operation took four hours and was carried out by Mr Lyndon da Cruz as part of an international trial of 18 patients worldwide.
As the technique develops and the implant is improved it is hoped future patients will be able to read and even see better than people with normal vision.
Mr da Cruz has said: “Conceptually it could be used for anyone with extremely poor vision but a physically intact optic nerve. The sort of vision we are getting is not good quality but as the thing gets better it will open up to more and more people.” (The Daily Telegraph)